Explore The Library
Discover The Collection
The CHS Research Centre holds more than 60,000 items of personal, professional and Government papers and ephemera; books; unpublished reports; newspapers; photographs; journal articles and maps.
The Research Center is currently closed while the Society moves into the renovated School of Arts building. The Society will reopen, with the Cairns Museum, in July 2017. Enquires can still be sent by email, see link below.
The collection covers the area from Cardwell to Normanton and north to the Torres Strait, taking in most of the Wet Tropics, Cape York Peninsula and the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria. Cairns is a particular focus.
Items can be viewed on the premises and the entire collection is digitally catalogued and searchable by subject, as well as by author and title fields.
As yet the catalogue is not available online but our researchers are available to assist you search and discover the collection.
Email queries are welcome and our researchers can pull together materials from the collection, copy or digitise and send them if you are unable to visit in person.
- Entry to the Research Centre & onsite assistance: $5 (members free)
- Photocopying/Digital copies: 20c per A4 page
- Research (email or phone requests): $16.50 per hour (includes GST)
The Society is always interested in hearing from people with original documents, diaries etc from Cairns and Far North Queensland. If you have an original item that you think we could be interested in, please use the research inquiry form below to make contact. We would love to hear from you!